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Battle Tested LoveBy Lynda BaileyBattle for Love, Book 2Publisher: Lynda BaileyRelease Date: September 11, 2013Genre: Romantic SuspenseLength: 222 PagesASIN: B00F3O6CN2Add to GoodreadsAbout the book:All she wanted was a little adventure…Darcy Williams is desperate for some relief from her ho-hum life, but getting kidnapped by an outrageously handsome man isn’t at all what she had in mind. She needs to keep it together long enough to escape. Because escape is what she wants, right?He’s a nice guy doing a bad thing for a really good reason…Ben Gallagher loves his baby sister, Ana, more than anything. So, when she’s date raped by the mayor’s nephew, Ben has no problem sending said nephew to the ER. Now Ana’s gone missing and Ben will stop at nothing, nothing, to find his sister and ensure her safety—even if that means carjacking and kidnapping an innocent woman.Things spiral from bad to worse…When Ben is injured protecting Darcy from some thugs, he has to trust her if he’s going to get to Ana. And he has to ignore the passion Darcy stirs in him. Darcy learns Ben is actually a good man, one she’s starting to have feelings for. Can their fledging relationship stand the test of time —and the law?
“I’ve got an idea,” she said. “Why not tie me to a tree and leave me here? It’d be tomorrow before anyone found me.”
He cupped her elbow to angle her into the seat. “That’s not gonna happen.”
She spun which again planted her body tight to his. He stifled a growl and none-too-gently pushed her into the car.
“But why not? You’d be days gone and I wouldn’t be able to tell anyone where you went. You could ditch my car and steal another one. It’s the perfect plan. You don’t have to hassle with me and I don’t have to be kidnapped.”
He re-tied her hands. “It’s not the perfect plan.”
“Really?” Her mocking tone shredded his nerves. “Give me one reason why you can’t leave me here.”
He leaned an arm on the top of her car. “I won’t give you one reason, I’ll give you two. One, I don’t make a habit out of stealing cars.” His jaw clenched harder at her unladylike snort.
“And two, I know this area. I used to hunt chucker round here. No one would find you for days. And with all the fires, you’d be a sitting duck for a hungry, displaced bear or bobcat.” He clicked her seatbelt into place then firmly closed the door in her face. He got behind the wheel and turned the key.
She twisted to face him. “Let me get this straight, you won’t leave me here because you’re thinking of my safety?”
He backed down the road. “Something like that.”
“Dude, your logic is seriously warped.”
“Maybe, but I’m sticking with it.” He steered the car onto the paved road and headed toward the expressway onramp. “And stop calling me dude.”
“What’s the matter, dude?” she sneered in an exaggerated California accent. “Don’t you like the name?”
“No. So knock it off, lady.”
“Don’t call me lady. I’m twenty-four not eighty-four. Might as well call me ma’am.”
“All right, lady. Tell me your name.”
“You first, dude.”
Ben chuckled. He couldn’t help it. This lady was spunky and tenacious and not at all afraid to challenge him—even in this situation. He wondered how things would have progressed between them had they met in a social setting rather than in this trying situation. “Ben. My name is Ben.”
He took his eyes off the road to stare at her. She shrugged. “I took a shot.”
“So what’s your name?”
She stared out the passenger window. “Darcy.”
“Okay, Darcy, this is how it’s gonna work. I’ll let you go just as soon as I can, but I can’t have you going to the police or reporting your car stolen. Just think of this as an unexpected road trip.”
“Don’t suppose you’ll tell me where this little road trip ends?” Bitter sarcasm coated her words.
He accelerated her sub-compact onto the six-lane highway. “Nope.”
“And there’s no way I can convince you to let me go.”
“In other words, I don’t have a choice.”
I’ve always loved stories. Especially love stories. Growing up in the Midwest, I’d make up stories to my favorite TV shows – usually westerns.
As I got older, the stories didn’t relent. In fact, they only got stronger, the characters more insistent, until I had no choice but to put it all on paper. It’s become an obsession for me. One that I love.
When not sitting at my computer, I spend my time working as a substitute teacher and fitness instructor. Guess you could say I’m an equal opportunity “persuader” of the young and, ahem, not so young.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.My ReviewAn action packed romantic suspense, Battle-Tested Love by Lynda Bailey is the second book in the Battle for Love series. Well developed characters, a fast pace and good dialogue kept me turning the pages to discover what would happen next. Just the right amount of romance and sexual tension, make this a book any romance lover would enjoy.Planning her girlfriend’s bachelorette party, Darcy Williams heads to a questionable part of town to make arrangements at a popular strip club. Mistakenly approaching a man in the alley, thinking he’s the owner of the club, Darcy soon finds herself the kidnap victim of a dangerous looking stranger. Almost being shoved in the trunk of her own car is just the icing on her bad day.Ben Gallagher never realized he’d be thrown in jail for attempting to get justice against his sister’s attacker. Breaking free from the prison fire brigade, Ben needs clothes, money and a quick way out of town to get back to help his sister. He never planned on kidnapping a woman and stealing her car.The scenes between Darcy and Ben are full of lively dialogue, plenty of action and a healthy dose of sexual chemistry. Attracted to each other from the start, they begin their adventure on opposite sides but eventually end up working together. As Darcy and Ben spend more time together, they find themselves in danger, dodging the police and attempting to make it to his sister’s side before anything else can go wrong. Ms. Bailey does a good job developing both of their characters; while Ben’s actions at the start are not good, it’s evident he’s caught between a rock and a hard place and trying to rescue a sister he feels responsible for.Will Darcy and Ben make it in time to help his sister avoid more danger? Will Ben be able to prove he should never have been imprisoned to begin with? You’ll have to read Battle-Tested Love to find out. I enjoyed it and I think you will too. While it is a part of a series, I was able to read and enjoy it without reading the previous book.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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